May 26, 2012

Traveling Shoes

Vintage BALLY Adorna 

will they also be brave enough to travel?

Have your shoes ever taken a trip without you?

These shoes are made for traveling,
 and that's just what they do
One of these days these shoes,
 are going to stop and visit you.

Well, I had a pair of shoes decide to travel the country, without the new owner.

I had two orders to ship with severe gallbladder pains hampering my vision. Printing the mailing labels, I attached them to the shipping boxes. Dropped the boxes at the post office on my way to the hospital. 

RoseFeather Lifelike Handmade 

Ruby Red Feather Roses

One box contained a dozen feather roses being shipped to a wonderful woman in  Washington State, from her son for Mother Day. The other contained a pair of shoes on their way to Texas. Imagine my surprise when the shoes decided to arrive in Washington State.

I promptly sent a new shipping label to the understanding recipient in Washington state.

Off for testing to see if I needed surgery.

Emails flying, Doctor's visits, and the prognosis, luckily, the shoes arrived before my scheduled surgery.

The grand tour courtesy of USPS Priority Mail and two shipping labels.

FORT MYERS FL               5/5/12 10:40am
OAK HARBOR WA                    05/19/12  2:59pm
KENT WA                          05/19/12 11:15pm
COPPELL TX                       05/20/12 10:55pm
TAMPA FL                         05/22/12  9:53pm
FORT MYERS FL                    05/24/12  4:51am
COPPELL TX                       05/26/12  1:24am
MCKINNEY TX                      05/26/12  1:24pm

These shoes should bring the new very understanding own many adventures, as they are not afraid to travel.

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May 23, 2012

Stay Alive... Just Drive

"Since the introduction of the automobile, distractions have always been a major factor in the safe operation of a vehicle. Distracted driving puts other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in the bull’s-eye. Given the number of distractions in these days of electronic technology, along with eating, grooming and dealing with small children, society needs to accept the fact that distracted driving has become a public health threat."

Why I rented a spot at the local Stay Alive Just Drive Public Safety BBQ Cook-off held at Harley Davidson Fort Myers.
#1 it is a great organization.
#2 I wanted to work on my displays!

What my set up looked like when I began this season.
A borrowed blue canopy top left dark shadows.
Here are the results of my new booth set up!

I hung displays on the walls of my tent. 
Reorganized all of my displays.

Now to improve the set up time. This took me just over 2 hours, after 3 weeks of preparation.
I really like the looks of my booth from the front.

Views as you walk towards my tent.

The concrete blocks on the tent footing are a must, as wind will move the tent. But I do not like the looks.
And Here I have a friend visiting me during the event.

A customer!
The white carpet does not stay white on blacktop. 
Carpet squares would be much easier.

And adjustment to my signage is a must this one is hanging to low.
Earrings were raining down as the breeze hit the tent walls or people passed between the tents. Knocking the earrings off the display. I need to reinforce and place a buffer between the tent and the board.

I will be ready for next season. For now the temperature is getting to high and most of the shoppers have gone north.

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May 21, 2012

Barbara Ellis, Artist Extrodinaire

The Lions Club Farmers Market located at the Promenade At Bonita Bay, has been a wonderful place for me to set up my booth. The people I have met are friendly and smile easily.
Now I have made the acquaintance of a wonderful bead artist Barbara Ellis. She has an artist shop in the Promenade. Barbara was sitting outside her studio working on a new bead project, as I walked by.
I joined her at the table. To watch Barbara work, is to realize you are in the presence of a true artist. I hope someday, to be able to create as easily as she does.
Check out the information on her work at